Deuteronomy 8:2, 16
They are 3 tests that confront every human being from time to time;
The test of God.
The test of the devil.
The test of man.
Some Christians don’t believe that God tests us sometimes. Yet if you read enough of the Bible you can’t deny that it is true. The quoted passages above are abundantly clear, God tested the Israelites in the wilderness to humble them and to find out what was in their hearts, whether they would obey Him or not.In verse 16, the Lord reveals His purpose, “so that in the end it might go well with you.” God doesn’t test us because He’s mean and sadistic. He tests us because He loves us and He knows that trials can stretch us and make us grow. God commits to the TESTED!
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Let us examine some examples of men that were tested in the Bible and passed:
1. JOB: If you say it was Satan who tested Job you will be technically right, but it’s also true that it was God who allowed him to be tested. God was convinced that His servant would be faithful to Him no matter what, and He was right. Though Job was already “the greatest man among all the people of the East,” the Lord rewarded Job with even greater blessings after his test than before. THE BEST THINGS OF GOD ARE GIVEN TO TRUSTED MEN.
2. ABRAHAM: Abraham was another man whom God loved and tested. Hebrews 11:17 says, “By faith Abraham when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.” Like Job, Abraham remained faithful to God in good and bad times and the Lord kept His promise to “bless him and make his name great.” If you study the lives of the people of the Bible, you will discover that those God blessed and used the most were often those He tested the most and many times, the greatest tests came right before the greatest blessings. May be you feel like you’re in the desert of testing right now. Perhaps God wants to use you in a special way, as God is looking for vessels to use and He is calling you to a higher level of faith and obedience. Instead of resisting the stretching pain of your trials, if you’ll settle down and determine to pass the test by walking in obedience to God, not only will your faith become stronger, but God will reward you by giving you greater responsibilities or opportunities. Rest assured that when God allows you to undergo tests and trials, it’s because He wants to commit to you. I pray the next time you face the test of God, your declaration of faith will be the same as Job’s; “When he has tested me, I will come forth as gold”! (Job 23:10). Ecclesiastes 4:1-6:12, 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7, Psalm 47:1-9, Proverbs 22:16j
Prayer: Lord, Help me to pass my tests with a good attitude so that you I can become what you want me to be and I can be qualified to carry be used for your glory.